Taxodium distichum (Linnaeus) L.C. Richard. Phen: Mar-Apr; Oct. Hab: Brownwater and blackwater swamps, usually in riverine situations, depressions in bottomland forests, lake margins, river banks, rarely in wooded seeps. Dist: DE and e. MD south to s. FL and west to e. TX and se. OK, north along the Mississippi River and its tributaries to s. IN and s. IL. This species is sometimes planted as an ornamental in upland and wetland sites within and beyond its natural range, and these planted trees are very long persistent and may be encountered.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Other Comments: A remarkable population of Taxodium distichum is found along a stretch of the Black River in NC, with many trees exceeding 1500 years old, and the oldest discovered as of 2022 is aged at more than 2600 years old.
Synonymy: = Fl1, G, Il, K1, K4, Mi, Pa, RAB, S, S13, Tat, Tn, Tx, Va, WH3, WV, Godfrey (1988); = Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich. var. distichum – Ar, C, ETx1, K3, Mo1, NY, Lickey & Walker (2002); < Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich. – F; < Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich. var. distichum – FNA2